"Its Supposed To Be My Time!": The Lived Experience of African-American Grandmothers Caring for their Grandchildren

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147155
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Presentation
Title:
"Its Supposed To Be My Time!": The Lived Experience of African-American Grandmothers Caring for their Grandchildren
Abstract:
"Its Supposed To Be My Time!": The Lived Experience of African-American Grandmothers Caring for their Grandchildren
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Carthron, Dana L., BSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Title:Clinical Instructor
[Scientific session research presentation] Significance:  An increasing number of African American (AA) grandmothers are primary caregivers out of necessity. As of 2000, 52% of all AA grandparents living with their grandchildren identified themselves as the primary caregivers. They are more likely to live in poverty and in the South. Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the lived experience of AA primary caregiving grandmothers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 grandmothers currently raising their grandchildren or great grandchildren.  Methods: Using an ethnographic method, qualitative interviews were conducted in their homes. Each interview was audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Accuracy was verified by the researcher. Content analysis and constant comparison was used to identify and classify data. Using a code book, the researcher individually coded each interview. A qualitative expert reviewed all coding decisions. Results: Participant ages ranged from 47 to 73 living in an urban community.  Five overarching themes emerged: 1) "Role reversal" reflected by - she (daughter) asked me where I've been, like she was my mother and she was taking care of my baby!" 2) "Loss of time for self" identified by statements such as "I don't have time to take care of me". 3) "Being emotional", identified by "I'm pissed off" and "I get so lonely"; 4) "Caregiving is a financial burden" acknowledged by quotes such as "I can barely pay my bills" and, 5) "Devotion to grandchild" identified by "I love my grandbabies!" Discussion: Despite financial burden and loss of time for self, all grandmothers were devoted to caring for their grandchildren. Additionally, the grandmothers in this study seldom discussed their own health.  Recognizing stressors associated with caregiving late in life, AA grandmothers' health needs may be unrecognized or overlooked.  Further research is necessary to identify the effects of caregiver burden on their health, healthcare practices and healthcare decision making.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Its Supposed To Be My Time!": The Lived Experience of African-American Grandmothers Caring for their Grandchildrenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147155-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">&quot;Its Supposed To Be My Time!&quot;: The Lived Experience of African-American Grandmothers Caring for their Grandchildren</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Carthron, Dana L., BSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Instructor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">carthrondanal@uams.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific session research presentation] Significance:&nbsp; An increasing number of African American (AA) grandmothers are primary caregivers out of necessity. As of 2000, 52% of all AA grandparents living with their grandchildren identified themselves as the primary caregivers. They are more likely to live in poverty and in the South. Purpose:&nbsp;The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the lived experience of AA primary caregiving grandmothers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 grandmothers currently raising their grandchildren or great grandchildren.&nbsp; Methods:&nbsp;Using an ethnographic method, qualitative interviews were conducted in their homes. Each interview was audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Accuracy was verified by the researcher. Content analysis and constant comparison was used to identify and classify data. Using a code book, the researcher individually coded each interview. A qualitative expert reviewed all coding decisions. Results: Participant ages ranged from 47 to 73 living in an urban community.&nbsp; Five overarching themes emerged: 1) &quot;Role reversal&quot; reflected by - she (daughter) asked me where I've been, like she was my mother and she was taking care of my baby!&quot; 2) &quot;Loss of time for self&quot; identified by statements such as &quot;I don't have time to take care of me&quot;. 3) &quot;Being emotional&quot;, identified by &quot;I'm pissed off&quot; and &quot;I get so lonely&quot;; 4) &quot;Caregiving is a financial burden&quot; acknowledged by quotes such as &quot;I can barely pay my bills&quot; and, 5) &quot;Devotion to grandchild&quot; identified by &quot;I love my grandbabies!&quot; Discussion: Despite financial burden and loss of time for self, all grandmothers were devoted to caring for their grandchildren. Additionally, the grandmothers in this study seldom discussed their own health.&nbsp; Recognizing stressors associated with caregiving late in life, AA grandmothers' health needs may be unrecognized or overlooked.&nbsp; Further research is necessary to identify the effects of caregiver burden on their health, healthcare practices and healthcare decision making.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:29:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:29:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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